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Reef and Dolphin Snorkel Eco Adventure
"Embark on an unforgettable eco adventure and explore protected marine wildlife such as Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins green sea turtles exotic tropical reef fish and delicate corals along the beautiful Kona Coast. As we journey through the clear sapphire waters of the Pacific we watch for the many pods of spinner dolphins that rest and play in areas such as Keahole Bay Makalawena Ho’ona Bay and Kiholo Bay. Dolphin behavior is very predictable in these areas
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Swim Kohala Falls
"Begin your adventure with a ride in a 6-wheel drive off road vehicle. Take a short 20-30 minute walk by a stream and over a footbridge to the stunning “Secret Falls” a picturesque cascading waterfall surrounded by Ginger and Bamboo all in a private nature reserve. Then return to our swimming hole where you’ll have a chance to swim under a secluded waterfall.""""Enjoy an off road adventure a quick walk in a private nature reserve and the opportunity to swim under a private waterfall in this short-form version of our Kohala Waterfall Adventure."title=Highlights&1=Go+swimming+at+Kohala+Falls&2=Ride+through+the+jungle+in+a+6-WD+SUV&3=Trek+30+minutes+to+a+secret+waterfall&4=Cool+off+in+a+local+swimming+hole
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Glassbottom Boat Reef Tour
"Your tour begins at Kailua Pier right in the center of Kailua-Kona a gem of a village.  Boarding Marian a 36’ custom designed glassbottom boat is easy.  Step up a couple of steps to the boarding ramp and down a couple of steps to the main hull and viewing area.  Everyone sits around four large viewing box and then off you cruise.  The reefs in Hawaii are “fringing reefs” which means they are right next to the coastline. Marian was specially designed to get over the very shallow waters and the expert captains are able to get right up to the sho could it be a fish?  Learn about the sweet and sometimes strange mating practices of fish.  Are the corals actually cities at war?  The crew have been diving these waters for 20-30 years and there is no end to the stories they tell.  You will cruise over a pinnacle that will be inc a great photo opportunity.  The boat will go off of the shoreline so you can see how quickly the bottom plunges deeper and deeper. You might get a chance to view frolicking spinner dolphins or seasonal humpback whales.  Feel free to move about
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Dress for Climate Extremes Tips (3)

Warm at the Beach, Cold on the Mountain

Luggage and bags Pack at least 1 pair of pants and a long sleeve shirt if you plan on going to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at night or to the summit of Mauna Kea, both of which I highly recommend. You will have a jacket and gloves provided to you if you take one of the guided tours to the summit of Mauna Kea.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear If you are going up to the summit of Mauna Kea, or if you're headed to Volcanoes National Park you will want to wear pants & a jacket. The Mauna Kea summit still has sub-freezing temperatures even during the summer. Volcanoes National Park had temperatures in the 50's at night when I was there in September, and Mauna Kea was cold ( 30 degrees) even with long pants, a winter parka, & heavy gloves.

Photo Equipment A camera with good nighttime capabilities would be preferable

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Nor_Cal_Brad
Oct 21, 2012

Winter Wonderland in Hawaii

Luggage and bags Snow gear to Hawaii?? Yes, if you love snow so much. We're having lots of snow at the summit of Mauna Kea (White Mountain) this winter. The view from the top is incredible when the summit is covered with snow. So, bring some warm clothes if you go up in your SUV or Truck.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Mitten; woolen hat; chap stick or vaseline gel for your lip. A pair of long john might be godsend.

Miscellaneous The air is very thin at the summit. Be sure to spend at least an hour at the visitor center on the way to the summit. Being acclimated to the high altitude condition is important for your health. At the visitor center, you (and your children) can learn about astronomy. It's a cool place.

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Mikio
Feb 23, 2008

It is cooler than you think

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear In the winter months it is cooler than you think it will be. The nights are chilly and you need a wrap. It also rains a lot so take a ponch or umbrella. Enclosed toe walking shoes are a must if you go see the volcanos.

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Jul 06, 2004
 
 
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Beaches

The Big Island isn't the best island for pristine beaches but the snorkeling is great and I snorkeled every day I was there and very much intend to return and do the same. The best snorkeling spots...
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Waterfalls

We took a day to explore the other side. Our first trip to the island we spent the day on the other side with volcanos and walking to see lava . This time we explored botanical gardens and water fall...
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Chain of Craters Road

I drove all the way down to the end (where it was closed by a lava flow) of Chain of Craters Road and I got out and went to see the Holei Sea Arch. It was just a short walk but the surface was VERY...
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Hiking thru the rain forest

This is a short hike that brings you to the bottom of the Kilauea Iki Crater. You will descent via stairs (ccw) or path in to the crater (cw). This depends which way round you go. At the bottom follow...
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Manini beach

great snorkeling but it's super cold when you first enter ... natural springs. There are people ollfering kayak rental but it's illegal and if you get caught .. you will be the one the fine so do that...
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Drive around the Big Island

We drove around every day we were there .. went across the island to see water falls, botanical garden and volcano national park. Went snorkeling several places ... the best was 2 step ... went to see...
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